Dental checkups are routine visits that consist of an examination and cleaning. Even dedicated brushers and flossers should have a thorough dental exam and cleaning twice per year.
Brushing and flossing each day are important steps to ensuring your mouth as clean and healthy as possible, but only your dental hygienist will be able to give you the deep, whole-mouth clean that professional tools and a second-person viewpoint can provide.
Here’s what happens in a typical dental checkup:
– A hygienist or a certified dental assistant will begin your dental checkup with a cleaning that includes removing tartar and plaque from around your gum line and the surface of your teeth, then polishing your teeth.
– They’ll report their observations on your dental health to the dentist.
– X-rays will be taken, if it has been more than a year since your last X-rays or if ordered by the dentist.
– Your dentist will examine your teeth, gums, soft palette, throat and neck, check for any abnormalities and review any X-rays that may have been taken.
– Your dentist will recommend any additional dental work you might need to maintain oral health and discuss your overall oral health and habits.